RokOtok is conceived as a memory of the father and son spending time together and their numerous joint adventures and games that were interrupted by Rok’s premature departure. One of the planned adventures was a tour of all 50 inhabited Croatian islands in search of the most beautiful beach with collecting points as they looked at the night sky and looked for the lights of airplanes and satellites, or best of all – shooting stars. The fish was accompanied on the trip – the first of the projects planned for now – by numerous unknown and well-known swimmers, amateurs and professionals: water polo player Miho Bošković, swimmers Dina Levačić, Antonija Buličić and Toni Pavičić Donkić…, only some of them, and except one large tuna, Pisces is a society in the sea and a few Adriatic bottlenose dolphins. photo: РокОток FB The fish fulfilled one wish, but also the promise of Roko on July 30, when he swam in the morning from Drvenik Veli to the bay of Ljubljeva on Ciovo, the 17th island station on his more than 100-kilometer-long swimming adventure that lasted 24 days. feel free to say night…, because when he swam one of the sections, instead of resting, he hung out with kids and their parents at educational workshops, and then, between massaging a sore shoulder and hanging out with local RokOtočani, he would sit at a computer and post on social networks, sent reports to numerous media who could hardly wait for any new news and communicated with the RokOtočani associates who remained in Zagreb. On the islands, a total of more than 2.000 children met Pisces in a protected area and would swim with him to the shore, where they then talked about adventures, travel, ecology, Croatia, islands…, after which they would look for hidden treasure and walk around the island, getting to know with its cultural and historical heritage. From the very beginning, the project was extremely well covered by the media from the very beginning – while it still existed only as a semi-elaborated idea in Riba’s head: on average, there were about 15 publications on portals, 3-4 articles in the press, and neither radio nor TV. the stations were not immune to “the most beautiful Croatian summer story”. Numerous individuals who got involved in the project in various ways were an integral part of the emotion-filled story: Red Cross rescuers offered their services, employees of police administrations and port authorities, employees of tourist boards and offices, local Rok Islanders who helped about the organization of socializing on the beaches, accommodation, food and drink and donations. RokOtok was helped by numerous sponsors: Sport Vision, Croatian National Tourist Board, Raiffeisen Bank, Rio Mare, Adriatic osiguranje, Crodux, Offertissima, Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, Breyer Polyclinic, Infinum, Baby Center, Tele2, Božičević Editions, Yes I Do, Hangar 18, Croatia Mensa, FoodApp The swimming sections were on average 6.000 meters long, and the two most demanding from Mljet to Korčula and Hvar to Vis and over 17 kilometers – we should not forget that the sea is not always calm and warm as it is in swimming pools… “Stop telling me fairy tales before bed, I want to hear all about the most beautiful beaches” – is the sentence with which the boy Rok gave the idea to his dad, geography professor Domagoj Jakopović for the project #RokOtok and a book of the same name. After this summer, the rest of Croatia knows about Domagoj, who may not have met him as RibaFish, editor, journalist, blogger, and more recently as a writer. photo: РокОток FB And it wasn’t just because summer is pickle season! Riba’s story and his laudable goal – to encourage children and parents to socialize more – touched the painful place of anyone who is aware of (in) quality spending time with their loved ones, especially children. An hour for children without any electronics success is equal to surviving a month on a desert island. We must certainly not forget Riba’s closest team that accompanied him on the ship and took turns as needed: Rokotok member Kasandra Draganić – “cat for all”, doctors Marija and Ana Štanjel, and Ena Kurtić, skippers Lovro Urod and Dominik Perković, rescuers Ivan Jurić, Todor Jurjević and Nikola Stračárova, cameraman Igor Bogdanović. The background invisible operational support was more or less successfully performed by other members of the Rokotok association from Zagreb: it was necessary to collect gifts and books and send them to the islands, prepare contracts and press clippings, maintain the website www.rokotok….
In another significant move, Richard Scudamore has been promoted from chief executive to executive chairman and two independent directors have been appointed to a new-look Premier League board. The league has warned, however, the £1billion distribution depends on a “satisfactory outcome” of Virgin Media’s complaint to Ofcom over the way rights are sold, which is being investigated by the regulator, and overseas rights sales. Scudamore said: “These are unprecedented levels of redistribution in world sport, let alone football, which will deliver long-term progress for English football whether you are a fan, lower league club or involved in the grassroots. “Clearly this package is dependent on the outcome of our international live rights and the ongoing Ofcom investigation, so the detail won’t be known until later this year or in early 2016. “The clubs have always stepped up to the plate when it comes to sharing their success. They appreciate that the development of the Premier League is contingent to a high degree on continued high levels of passionate support and a vibrant football pyramid.” The investment announced is in addition to the commitment to provide parachute payments to relegated clubs. The league has made no pledges over ticket prices, however, despite a protest organised by the Football Supporters’ Federation at the London hotel where the 20 club chairmen met on Thursday. League bosses say ticket prices are a matter for individual clubs but that they expect the extra income will be used to fund initiatives such as cut-price trips for away supporters. Press Association Premier League clubs have pledged to share at least £1billion of TV money outside of the top flight from next year. The sum – 20 per cent of their income from the astonishing £5.1billion domestics rights package announced last month – will go to grassroots football, solidarity payments to lower league clubs, participation and education and disadvantaged groups. The 20 top-flight clubs have also agreed they will all pay all full-time staff the ‘living wage’ as the bottom line rather than the minimum wage. As executive chairman, Scudamore will from June preside over a new Premier League board consisting of himself and two independent non-executive directors, Claudia Arney and Kevin Beeston. Arney – an Arsenal season ticket holder – is a non-executive director of Halfords plc, senior independent director of Telecity plc, and chair of the Public Data Group. Beeston is chairman of Taylor Wimpey plc, one of Britain’s largest house-building firms, chairman of Equiniti Group Limited and Domestic & General Limited. He was a non-executive director of Ipswich, the club he supports, from 2002-2008 and is a Chelsea season ticket holder.